Psychoactive Drugs

By: Emily Stranford and Jamie Cameron

Psychoactive Drugs-

A chemical substance that alters perceptions and mood (effects consciousness).
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Stimulants-

Drugs that excite neural activity and speed up body functions.
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Depressants-

Drugs that reduce neural activity and slow body functions (they include alcohol and barbiturates).
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Opiates-

Can be classified as a type of depressant because they are drugs that reduce neural activity and slow body functions (example- morphine and heroine).
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Psychedelic Drugs-

Any "mind-expanding" that is able to induce states of altered perception and thought.
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Tolerance-

With repeated exposure to a drug, the drug's effect lessens. Thus it takes greater quantities to get the desired effect.
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Withdraw-

Upon stopping use of a drug (after addiction), users may experience the undesirable effects of withdraw.
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Addiction -

A craving for a chemical substance, despite its adverse consequences (physical and psychological).
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Dependence-

Absence of a drug may lead to a physical pain, intense cravings (physical dependence), and negative emotions (psychological dependence).
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Overview of psychoactive drugs

Fun fact:

About 200 million people worldwide are using opiates.

Fun fact:

Not all psychoactive drugs are illegal.

Fun fact:

Caffeine is considered a psychoactive drug.